13 Things to Know About the Charts This Week: Lil Wayne’s Big Week & The Alternative Songs Chart Turns 30

Lil Wayne dominates Billboard‘s charts this week, thanks to his long-awaited album Tha Carter V. The set debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with the second-largest streaming week ever for an album, helping him also hit No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 for the first time.

Plus, Maroon 5 “Girls Like You,” featuring Cardi B, rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week, while Lil Wayne makes history as the first act ever to debut two songs in the top five simultaneously.

Here are 13 other things to know about the charts this week:

1. Happy 30th birthday to the Alternative Songs chart! In honor of the anniversary, we look back at the top 300 songs and top 100 artists in the chart’s history. Foo Fighters reign as the top act, while Muse’s “Uprising” is the No. 1 song. Check out the full recap here.

2. On the latest Chart Beat Podcast, Kevin Rutherford chats with Dave Grohl about Foo Fighters’ success over nearly 25 years. “You have to write great songs. That’s it,” Grohl says. “That’s the Rubik’s Cube, trying to find a melody and lyric will braid together and create four minutes of memory that you’ll have for the rest of your life.” Click here to listen.

3. How did Muse’s “Uprising” capture an era and become the most successful alternative song of the past 30 years? Click here for the story.

4. We also look at the acts with the most No. 1s in the Alternative Songs chart’s history, from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Linkin Park, Foo Fighters and more. Click here for the rundown.

5. Plus, from Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still” to Linkin Park’s “What I’ve Done,” we recap the longest-leading No. 1s ever on Alternative Songs. Click here for the best of the best.

6. The early years of the Alternative Songs chart were dominated by foreign acts, with the U.S. catching up later. Why? Click here for the analysis.

7. We also studied the first Alternative Songs chart in 1988 and how alternative music has, in some ways, returned to those early sounds in 2018. Click here for the story.

8. A second Chart Beat Podcast this week finds Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson recapping Lil Wayne’s historic week, plus a chat with Alt 92.3 New York program director Mike Kaplan about the state of alternative music. Click here to listen.

9. Andrew Unterberger analyzes Lil Wayne’s massive week on the charts and breaks down five reasons why Weezy did so well. Click here for the analysis.

10. Looking ahead to next week’s Billboard 200, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born soundtrack is slated to debut at No. 1. Click here for the forecast.

11. On the latest Pop Shop Podcast, Keith Caulfield and Katie Atkinson chat with Dua Lipa about her “experimental” new music, Grammy buzz and more. Click here to listen.

12. Luke Bryan’s What Makes You Country Tour has earned more than $65 million so far. Click here for the post.

13. On the day of the American Music Awards (Oct. 9), songs performed on the show by Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes, Post Malone and others saw a 135 percent sales gain. Click here for the story.

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